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EPA Freight Industry Award Winners Revealed

The EPA has announced the 2015 winners of the SmartWay Excellence Awards for retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies. The awards honors the top performing SmartWay partner companies that demonstrate how businesses can shrink their carbon footprints and contribute to healthier air all while saving on fuel costs as they move … Read more »

KB Home Debuts Water, Energy-Efficient ‘Double ZeroHouse’

KB Home has built a “Double ZeroHouse,” designed to achieve net-zero energy usage and conserve as much as 70 percent of the freshwater that would traditionally be used in a typical resale home, in California. The house, at KB Home’s Fiora at Blackstone community in El Dorado Hills, includes renewable … Read more »

Whirlpool Launches Refrigerator Water Filter Recycling Program

Whirlpool Launches Refrigerator Water Filter Recycling Program

Whirlpool has launched a recycling initiative that aims to keep used refrigerator water filters out of landfills. Through the company’s Refresh & Recycle water filter recycling program, in partnership with recycling company g2 revolution, filters are transformed into concrete aggregate used to build roads and other concrete structures. Whirlpool recommends … Read more »

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56 Water Treatment Devices Certified to NSF Standard

NSF International has certified 56 products to the first American National Standard that validates the effectiveness of water treatment devices that are designed to reduce trace levels of emerging contaminants in drinking water. The standard, NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units — Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants, addresses the ability of a … Read more »

Tech Alliance Seeks Smart Device Communication Standards

Samsung, Intel and Dell have teamed up to create standard ways for household devices such as thermostats and light bulbs to communicate with each other, according to Reuters. The group, called the Open Interconnect Consortium, includes chipmakers Broadcom and Atmel and was announced July 7. The consortium is similar to … Read more »


Whirlpool Partners with Honeywell on Low-Global-Warming Insulation

Whirlpool is using Honeywell’s low-global-warming potential (GWP) foam blowing agent in insulation in its US-made refrigerators and freezers. The GWP of Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent is 99 percent lower than 245fa, the most common foam blowing agent widely used within the US industry. Honeywell’s foam blowing agent has a GWP … Read more »

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Whole Foods Pilots EOS Climate’s Refrigerant Asset System

(An earlier version of this story pointed to Whirlpool as a pilot partner in this program. EOS Climate executive Joe Madden says that the email claiming that partnership was an error in communication between them and their PR company.) Whole Foods is piloting a platform developed by EOS Climate that … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Whirlpool, LEED, Green Hospitality

Whirlpool has received certification to AHAM 7003-2013/CSA SPE-7003-13/UL 7003, Sustainability Standard for Household Clothes Washers, for select products. These include the first top-load models certified to the standard. The certification examines six key points of environmental impact: materials, manufacturing and operations, energy and water consumption during use, consumables, end of life, and … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Butanol, Whirlpool, PAS 141

ASTM International has published ASTM D7862-13, Specification for Butanol for Blending with Gasoline for Use as Automotive Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel. The standard covers butanol that is intended to be blended with gasoline at 1 to 12.5 volume percent, establishing performance requirements and test methods for butanol content, water content, acidity, inorganic chloride, solvent-washed … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Star Criticism, BPA and Prop 65, ISO 14001

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association, which represents manufacturers of residential and commercial window, door and skylight products, is calling on the EPA to address additional concerns the industry has about the skylight criteria, the proposed window and door criteria and the overall direction of the ENERGY STAR program. The … Read more »

ChargePoint, DBT Offer Joint EV Stations

ChargePoint and DBT – the leading companies in the EV supply equipment market, according to a recent report – have announced a joint offering. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, DBT USA announced that its new North American portfolio of level II charging stations (pictured) will have the … Read more »

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